Incident Summary:

05/09/2002: A roadside bomb killed at least 43 and injured over 130 people during a World War II military memorial celebration parade in Kaspiisk, Russia. Military veterans, band members, civilians, and children were killed in the bombing. The bomb, hidden in some bushes lining the parade route, contained bolts and nails. Russian authorities suspected Chechen rebels were behind the attack. Russian investigators believed the blast was organized by Rapani Khalilov’s gang on orders from Abu Walid, who was supposed to be the new Chechen leader after the death of Khattab. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:

Dagestan (Republic)


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Russian Military
Specific Description Russian veterans and military marching band
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote trigger device was used to detonate the bomb.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was a major incident in the continuing battle between Chechen rebels and Russian forces. This parade had been a tradition in the town of Kaspiisk and the attack angered the Russian government greatly. The bombing was deadliest attack against Russia since the Moscow apartment bombings in September 1999.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Chechen Rebels (suspected) Commander Rapani Khalilov, under the command of Abu al-Walid No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 130 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 130
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Bomb Blast at a Crowded Parade Kills at Least 34 in Russian Town,” New York Times, May 10, 2002.
“Russia: Death toll of Kaspiysk blast reaches 43,” ORT Television, May 19, 2002.
“Russia: Recent bombing in Kaspiysk analyzed; Dagestani leaders comment,” Novaya Gazeta, May 13, 2002.